City streets are crowded, parking spaces are tight and air quality is a growing concern. So the zero-emission, all-electric Smart EQ fortwo makes perfect sense in the urban environment. It’s a hip looking car, but you’ll appreciate it for what it does as much as for how it looks.
The new smart fortwo EQ can be discovered at smart of Southend, smart of Ipswich and smart of Lakeside.
The Smart EQ fortwo is all-electric and features a 17.2
kW/h battery that powers a rear-mounted 82hp electric motor. Maximum range is
between 74.5 and 83.8 miles while acceleration from 0-62mph takes 11.6 seconds.
That last figure is a little deceptive however, as the way an electric motor
can deliver maximum torque from zero rpm gives the little Smart fortwo a surprisingly
swift turn of speed away from the lights. A 22kW charger will boost the battery
charge from 10% up to 80% in less than 40 minutes, while a home charger will do
the same in around 3 hours and 18 minutes.
The Smart’s roller-skate styling and snub-nosed style made a big impact when the first-generation models were launched back in 1998 as a joint venture between Swatch and Mercedes-Benz. Time has moved on and now the third-generation model is a little longer overall and substantially safer too. Smart is now owned by Daimler AG but it shares certain technologies with Renault. It’s still only 2.69 metres long and has a two-person cockpit, cute looks and plenty of scope for individual style.
There are several trim levels to choose from, starting with Passion Advanced, progressing upwards to Pulse Premium and Prime Exclusive and finishing with the flagship Edition One. All feature a 3.5” TFT colour display for instrumentation and a 7-inch touchscreen. Android Auto and Mirror Link come as standard for smartphone compatibility and the Smart Media system includes navigation and a Charge Spot finder. High trim levels offer more choice of finishes and wheels rather than more tech features, though the Prime Exclusive also has ambient interior lighting and heated seats.
Though it’s a small car, the Smart shows the result of careful consideration for the safety of its occupants and that of other road users. The battery is set in a robust underbody frame and the Tridon safety cell that surrounds the occupants is made of 75% high-strength steels. Both driver and passenger have dash mounted airbags and there’s a driver-side kneebag as well as window bags and two pelvis/thorax bags mounted in the seats. Active Brake Assist, Crosswind Assist, and Hill Start Assist are all standard features.
With its 70-mile range and limited luggage space the Smart EQ fortwo is no grand tourer, but it’s perfectly adapted for the environment it was created for. If you live in a crowded urban area and need a small, nippy and zero-emission way to get from A to B, the Smart fortwo makes perfect sense. And its chic style will put a smile on your face every time you get behind the wheel.
|Vehicle length||2695 mm|
|Vehicle width||1663 mm|
|Vehicle height||(unladen) 1555 mm|
|Unladen weight (DIN)||1020 kg|
|Engine / Cylinders||Full EV|
|Electric Range||65 miles|
|Max Torque||118 lb-ft|
|Max Power||60 kW (80 hp)|
|Top Speed||81 mph|
|Acceleration||0-62 mph / 11.6 sec|
|CO2 Emissions||0 g/km|